Brittany Rayburn hit the game-winning shot in the final seconds to lift No. 25 Purdue past No. 12 Penn State, 68-66, in the semifinals of the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament on Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Boilermakers will play Nebraska, which beat three-time reigning champ Ohio State (recap), in the title game at 4 p.m. ET Sunday.
No. 24 Nebraska toppled three-time reigning Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament champion and No. 16 Ohio State, 77-62, in semifinal action Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. With the win, the Huskers advance to the Big Ten tourney title game, where it plays No. 25 Purdue at 4 p.m. ET Sunday. We tracked tweets from a variety of official school sources, fans and media folks who were covering the action. Check it out here. Also, throughout the tourney, join the conversation on Twitter by using the #B1Gtourney.
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Northwestern kept its NCAA tourney hopes alive with a much-needed victory at Iowa (recap) and Minnesota took down Nebraska (recap) in a Saturday BTN doubleheader. Catch up on all the action on our BTN.com scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post. Like highlights? We post some of the best Big Ten highlights in our Did You See This? archive. Gopher fans will love these Rodney Williams dunks.
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Put Minnesota’s Rodney Williams in a dunk contest against pretty much anyone, and he’s going to hold his own. What about 2011 NBA Dunk Contest winner Blake Griffin? Who knows how the Minnesota junior would fair against arguably the best dunker, but BTN color commentator Eddie Johnson made this interesting comment about one of Williams’ two highlight-reel jams Saturday: “That had Blake Griffin written all over it.” You know what? It did — only Williams actually dunked it. Watch Williams’ ridiculous jam now and compare it to Griffin’s in this post. Also, watch Williams’ alley-oop Saturday in this post.
Illinois Athletics Director Mike Thomas announced Friday that Jolette Law was released as head women’s basketball coach. Law compiled a record of 69-93 in five seasons as head coach, including 11-19 in the season completed yesterday with a 68-53 loss in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. Law’s Big Ten record in her five seasons was 27-59, with a highest conference finish of eighth place in 2009. In her first season, Law guided the Illini to a 20-15 record, including an historic run in the 2008 Big Ten Tournament, winning three games and advancing to the championship game before losing to Purdue on a buzzer-beater. Read the full release at Fighting Illini.com